The Myth of Climate Tipping Points
By Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser Friday, August 28, 2015
Tipping is fine but “climate tipping points” are nonsense. I’m talking about climate models that have predicted such “points of no return.” You could view them as the terminal (maximum) speed in a free fall, only to come to a sudden stop when you hit the solid ground.
At Last: Britain Signals End Of Solar Subsidies
By Guest Column Friday, August 28, 2015
David Cameron has ordered ministers to ditch the ‘green crap’ blamed for driving up energy bills and making business uncompetitive, it is claimed. The Prime Minister, who once pledged to lead the ‘greenest government ever’, has publicly promised to ‘roll back’ green taxes, which add more than £110 a year to average fuel bills. But a senior Tory source said Mr Cameron’s message in private is far blunter. The source said: ‘He’s telling everyone, “We’ve got to get rid of all this green crap.” He’s absolutely focused on it.’—Daily Mail, 21 November 2013
Obama turns blind-eye on chance to secure true energy independence
By Guest Column Thursday, August 27, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C.—For decades, U.S. presidents have made achieving American energy security a top priority.
Three Quarters Of UK Manufacturers Want Green & Climate Policies Reformed
By Guest Column Thursday, August 27, 2015
As many as 73% of manufacturers want to see legislative reform of the UK’s current environmental and climate change policies, according to a new survey by the manufacturers organisation EEF. Respondents claimed that existing regulations are harming their international competitiveness. Earlier this year, EEF’s senior climate and environment policy adviser warned that large UK manufacturers could be forced to move their operations overseas if countries cannot agree a unilateral cap on emissions at the Paris climate talks, thanks to the burden of environmental regulation.—Brad Allen, Edie News, 27 August 2015
North American Platform Against Wind Power
By News on the Net Thursday, August 27, 2015
The North American Platform Against Wind Power today announced its profound objection to the Ontario Provincial approval of the Amherst Island wind turbine project of 26 turbines (Windlectric/Algonquin Power), that since its conception, has long garnered international interest and concern. Amherst, well known for its abundance of migratory bird and bat life, is also a Canadian recognized historic centre, a centre for bird tourism, and boasts a windswept coastline with more shoreline than all of the 1,000 Islands combined. Of international note: Amherst Island is an Important Bird Area of Global Significance on the Atlantic Migratory Flyway, and is home to 34 species at risk, including the Blanding’s Turtle. Wintering hawks and owls attract global visitors.
President Obama Doesn’t Know What Free Market Means
By Institute for Energy Research Wednesday, August 26, 2015
President Obama recently delivered a speech on energy in Las Vegas at Sen. Harry Reid’s “Clean Energy Summit.” Like much that is said in Las Vegas, President Obama’s claims don’t really stand up to inspection.
China Curbs Renewable Energy Subsidies
By Guest Column Wednesday, August 26, 2015
China’s wind and solar developers are getting much less than they anticipated in handouts from the government because of a quirk in subsidy policies, threatening to stymie growth in the world’s biggest market for clean energy. —Bloomberg News, 21 August 2015
Saudis Could Face An Open Revolt At Next OPEC Meeting
By Oilprice.com Tuesday, August 25, 2015
OPEC next gathers December 4 in Vienna, just over a year since Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi announced at the previous OPEC winter meeting the Saudi decision to let the oil market determine oil prices rather than to continue Saudi Arabia’s role of guarantor of $100+/bbl oil.
The Fed and Oil Prices
By Institute for Energy Research Monday, August 24, 2015
Besides the turmoil in China, the hot financial news this month was that oil hit a six-year low. Indeed, adjusting for price inflation, oil went as low as it had plummeted in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis, meaning you would have to go all the way back to 2004 to reach a similar low.
Oil’s Down, Gasoline Isn’t. What’s Up?
By Marita Noon Monday, August 24, 2015
A little more than a year ago, oil prices were above $100 a barrel. The national average for gasoline was in the $3.50 range. In late spring, oil was $60ish and the national average for gas was around $2.70. The price of a barrel of oil has plunged to $40 and below—yet, prices at the pump are just slightly less than they were when oil was almost double what it is today.
BBC Pulls Plug On Met Office
By Guest Column Monday, August 24, 2015
The BBC has ended a partnership with the Met Office dating back more than 90 years by deciding not to renew its contract to provide weather forecasts. The last bulletin presented by the Met Office will be broadcast in October 2016, 94 years after the first, in November 1922. Bill Giles, who led the Met Office’s team of BBC forecasters from 1983 to 2000, was among those in shock at the decision. “It’s a hell of a shame. It’s the end of an era,” he said.—Nicholas Hellen, The Sunday Times, 24 August 2015
Climate Crisis, Inc.
By Paul Driessen Sunday, August 23, 2015
Original article on Townhall.com
No warming in 18 years, no category 3-5 hurricane hitting the USA in ten years, seas rising at barely six inches a century: computer models and hysteria are consistently contradicted by Real World experiences.
New Study Re-Evaluates the Social Cost of Carbon
By Institute for Energy Research Saturday, August 22, 2015
Julian Morris has produced a detailed study for Reason that explores the costs and benefits of carbon dioxide emissions. Morris concludes with the provocative claim that the weight of evidence suggests federal agencies should ignore carbon dioxide emissions when evaluating regulations, because on balance the “positive externalities” from enhanced agricultural output, reduced deaths from cold, and so forth balance out the “negative externalities” from climate change. In this post, I’ll explain some of the study’s key points.
Lesson For EPA: Higher Energy Prices Harm People
By Institute for Energy Research Thursday, August 20, 2015
Access to affordable, reliable electricity is crucial to modern life. Electricity prices are a big deal for American families and businesses because higher energy prices can lead to severely negative economic consequences. A recent study commissioned by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) assesses the impact of higher electricity rates on economic growth and employment by simulating a 10 percent and 25 percent increase in electricity prices.
What’s Really At Stake With The Iran Nuclear Deal
By Oilprice.com Thursday, August 20, 2015
Recently, I wrote on these pages that a remarkable turnaround was taking place in the President’s fortunes. It’s an impressive display of rising from the depths of falling popularity last fall, and it is starting to be felt in many areas, with major impacts on the future of energy.